Haney’s own News Reporter Pat Turner 

Everyone at R.J. Haney Heritage Village, staff and volunteers are working flat out to have as much of the Montebello Building as possible ready for the Grand Opening on July 9th. The outside of the building will be finished but not all the stores will be “open.” 

The Gallery will be open inside the building and displaying the work of Brent Chudiak and his Secondary School Media Arts class. Twenty, 2 x 3 foot portraits of Secwepemc Elders are on exhibit.  A fully restored Dragon Boat is also on display inside the building. The boat was a community project involving youth, training, Aspiral Youth, the Shuswap Association of Rowing and Paddling, the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada. 

The distinctive siding on the Bedford Pharmacy and Demers Pool Hall posed a problem. Who knew how to attach it? One of the Archives volunteers realized her husband had installed the same siding up in the Yukon, and so Wayne Peace spent more than two weeks applying it to the walls. 

McGuire’s General Store is being stocked with items from the Museum’s collection that
would have been common in such stores in the early 20th
 Century. Older members of the community will no doubt recognize some of the brands and packages they remember from childhood with nostalgia. 

Miss Puff, the Dressmaker, will be “open for business” thanks to a very generous donation of $10,000 from Fabricland. Also Linda Moorhouse very kindly donated several examples of period clothing to help furnish the store. Miss Puff also sold hats in her store, and once again, Wayne Peach helped out by making the hat stands, using the only one such example in the Museum’s collection. 

We hope to see everyone enjoying the Opening Ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. on July 9th and all the other attractions at the Village on that day.  


Editor’s Note: New owner George W. Armstrong changed the name of the Observer to the Salmon Arm Observer and the Shuswap Lake Recorder  February 5, 1909. Armstrong is pictured at the press in the Bowler hat.